November 7, 2016 (San Diego’s East County) – Oday Yousif Jr. is a graduate of Valhalla High School in the Grossmont Union High School District and a current student at San Diego State University. Now he’s running for the Grossmont school board, seeking to bring a student’s perspective to the board and serve the needs of multi-lingual and multi-cultural students. You can hear our interview, originally aired on KNSJ radio, by clicking the audio link: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/sites/eastcountymagazine.org/files/au... .
Yousif asked for an interview to clear up information on a mailer with misleading information on candidates' party endorsements. He is the only candidate endorsed by the county Democratic Party in Grossmont’s Trustee Area 2, which includes La Mesa, Mt. Helix, and portions of surrounding neighborhoods. He also spoke out in support of Measure BB, Grossmont's school bond measure, which he backs despite some flaws in the measure because he believes "our schools need more money" to better serve students.
Other candidates are incumbent Jim Stieringer, Bible instructor Kevin Conover, who is endorsed by the Republican Party, and Elva Salinas, a community college professor endorsed by the American Federation of Teachers.
Note: The Grossmont Education Association, the union representing teachers in the district, have not made an endorsement in this race.